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Old 01-08-2011, 12:13   #1
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Canadian Yacht in Trouble

A PANAMA-REGISTERED bulk carrier is due to arrive shortly to help a stricken yachtsman who is battling eight to 10 metre waves and 50km/h winds in the Southern Ocean.

The Kohju has been steaming to help the 62-year-old lone Canadian yachtsman who got into trouble 140 nautical miles southwest of Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia.
An Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) spokeswoman told AAP that a search and rescue helicopter had dropped off a radio and extra liferaft to the yachtsman aboard his 9.5 metre long craft Kekuli.
The helicopter crew stayed there until replaced by an RAAF PC3 Orion which is now circling the yacht.
The AMSA spokeswoman said an attempt to rescue the yachtsman would likely have to wait until first light.

We're having huge winter storms here at the moment, hope his guy is rescued OK at first light!
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Paul Lim, aboard Kekuli?
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Re: Canadian Yacht in Trouble

Bernard Moitessier once said something to the effect of "It's best to keep 40-foot boats out of 40-foot seas." I imagine it's even better to keep 30-foot boats out of 40-foot seas. I wish this captain the best, and hope that he can save his boat.
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No, the bulk carrier doing the rescue is named Kohju, Panamanian registry.
Apparently the sailor was rescued but no release on his name.

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Re: Canadian Yacht in Trouble

Oops. Had that next necessary cup of coffee, then found this:

Stricken yachtsman rescued off WA coast | Herald Sun

Yes, a sailor named Paul Lim, s/v Kakuli, resued today...

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Re: Canadian Yacht in Trouble

Kekuli is the name of the sailboat, you're right again GordMay
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Re: Canadian Yacht in Trouble

Gord

Looks like you got it it, specs match up pretty close on the boat.
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Re: Canadian Yacht in Trouble

Why the hell is anyone 140nms south of Cape Leeuwin in the middle of winter?
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Why the hell is anyone 140nms south of Cape Leeuwin in the middle of winter?
Asks the man who sailed through pirate infested waters on his own circumnavigation.
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Why the hell is anyone 140nms south of Cape Leeuwin in the middle of winter?
Good question.

More ➥ http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-...mid-10m-waves/

And ➥ Cape Leeuwin 24 hour history graph of temperature, wind and rainfall
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Why the hell is anyone 140nms south of Cape Leeuwin in the middle of winter?
I'm with ya there, Mark... seems a really bad place to be. Just have a look at the MSLs for the past few weeks -- frequent deep lows with active frontal systems going by every few days. I wonder what his story will be (if we ever get to hear it)?

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Lone sailor rescued from massive seas

Posted August 02, 2011 07:06:39

Map: WA

A solo sailor whose yacht became stranded in rough seas off the southern coast of Western Australia has been rescued.
Paul Lim, a 62-year-old Canadian, set off an emergency beacon yesterday after the engine on his 9.5-metre yacht came away from its mounting in massive seas.
A Panamanian bulk carrier diverted to the area reached him late last night, about 140 nautical miles south west of Cape Leeuwin.
It took six hours to winch him onboard in 10-metre swells and 50 knot winds.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority says the bulk carrier is continuing its journey to the Canary Islands.
A spokeswoman says the yacht was breaking up and is likely to sink, but a safety warning has been issued to shipping carriers.
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Re: Canadian Yacht in Trouble

I saw on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation news site that his engine came off its mounts. I'm not surprised by that. We sail out of Hobart. The only reason you sail in the roaring 40s in winter is if you have picked a window to go north and you have to do it. You can, however, dodge around the coastline from bay to bay between the fronts and lows. Mark J has it summed up. There was a gust of 178 k over Mt Wellington in Hobart in July. Pretty breezy,
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That's 178 kilometres, not knots. However, a wave-rider buoy off Tasmania's west coast had a sea of more than 18 metres in July, which is a record. It's a long way up an 18 metre swell in a small boat.
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Re: Canadian Yacht in Trouble

I've been on a MUCh larger boat in that kind of weather and we took a pounding.

I can't imagine what he went through... and survived.

Too bad about his boat, it is like losing an old friend. Glad he'll be around to tell the tale.
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